Game of Thrones season 6 will soon be upon us – and at this point, it feels like everyone who is a part of the hit HBO fantasy series (based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books) has offered their assurances that season 6 will be the most exciting and action-packed batch of episodes produced by the show to date. HBO’s marketing for the season has likewise taken advantage of the fact that this season of Game of Thrones is a mystery to even those who read Martin’s source novels, since it will explore events that transpire in his as-yet unpublished sixth book, “The Winds of Winter”. As such, the sneak peek clips released for season 6 so far have been especially enigmatic in their design, even by the standards set by the marketing for previous Game of Thrones seasons.
Will that strategy back-fire on HBO? Certainly not, as at this point viewers are more concerned with getting answers at last to the questions they’e been left with since Game of Thrones season 5 ended – the biggest one being of course, is Jon Snow (Kit Harington) permanently dead, after being betrayed and stabbed to death by his fellow Watchers on The Wall? Unsurprisingly, the newly-released second (and probably final) Game of Thrones season 6 trailer goes out of its way to avoid shedding more light on that matter, too.
The new Game of Thrones season 6 trailer (see above) in essence repeats the season 6 premiere episode logline – “Jon Snow is dead” – before moving on to tease the next chapters in the show’s many, many other story threads. As illustrated by the trailer, we have Jaime and Cersei Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey) preparing to wage a violent war agains the High Sparrow (Jonathan Price) in King’s Landing; Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) struggling to maintain control in Meereen and deciding that he should try to take advantage of the dragons he has at his disposal; Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) struggling now that she’s alone and back among the Dothraki; and Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) struggling in the wake of Stannis Baratheon’s death, even as he attempts to rally whatever forces he can to prepare for war against the approaching Army of the Dead/White Walkers. This is mention nothing of what’s going on in the storylines for the Stark sisters, Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya (Maisie Williams), among other characters in season 6!
If you even had any doubts that Game of Thrones season 6 would be hitting the ground running in order to cover all of these plot threads, it appears that you can put them to rest now. Select members of the press were recently shown the Game of Thrones season 6 premiere episode (titled ‘The Red Woman’) at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA, and EW reports that the episode is a far cry from the slower-paced, table-setting episodes that Game of Thrones seasons have traditionally begun with. Much of the premiere episode reportedly takes place at Castle Black too – picking up all but immediately after the various cliffhangers featured in the Game of Thrones season 5 finale, a.k.a. ‘Mother’s Mercy’.
Whether or not Games of Thrones season 6 will live up to viewers’ expectations, of course, is the biggest question of all. Show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are truly sailing in uncharted waters at this point, as far as the over-arching narrative for the series is concerned – and fans have been quite vocal about their displeasure with some of the controversial deviations from Martin’s source material that Benioff and Weiss have taken in the past, which could be a harbinger of more trouble on the horizon as the series drifts further and further away from Martin’s books (even as both head towards the same final destination). The show-runners say that they feel Game of Thrones season 6 is their best work yet – it won’t be long before we find out if everyone else agrees with that sentiment, though.
Game of Thrones season 6 will premiere on HBO on April 24th, 2016.